Courts & Justice Law Journal
Advocatus Iustitia Aeque
1 Cts. & Just. L.J.
ARTICLE | VOLUME 2, ISSUE 2
International Diamond Laws and Africa: Purportedly Helping African Nations by Preventing Them From Exporting Precious Natural Resources
by Professor Kenneth L. Lewis, Jr., Nova Southeastern University - Shepard Broad Law Center
2 Cts. & Just. L.J. 171 (2020)
A diamond is a symbol of wealth and even love and affection. The Twenty-First Century’s emphasis on a bling and the glitzy lifestyle has thrown diamonds in the spotlight. Interestingly, most people do not truly understand how diamonds are formed and or realize that the marketing genius of one company, De Beers (at one point a virtual international monopoly), has conditioned most of us to desire diamonds, regard diamonds as intrinsically valuable, and associate diamonds with romance and love.
Furthermore, some do not know that several poor African nations have large deposits of diamonds; yet, others, while knowing that several African nations possess large caches of diamonds, have been led to believe that the diamonds from those nations should be shunned because African nations use diamonds to fuel wars and conflict on the African continent. Still others are familiar with the term blood diamonds but do not fully understand the genesis of the phrase or the consequence of so labelling a country’s diamonds.
/ Spring 2020 / C&JLJ
Andrew M. Crespo
Emily M. Strak